Author Archives: Gilda Salomone

Sustainability at McGill University starts from the ground up

Photo: McGill University

Photo: McGill University

McGill University’s efforts to implement sustainability programs on campus have been decades in the making and are gaining impetus.

“There have been dozens of individuals who have been taking the cause forward, as well as high level commitments”, says Lilith Wyatt, Sustainability Projects Fund Administrator at McGill University.

Her office works as a facilitator and provides the funds for a variety of initiative, as well as the know-how to implement those changes in the organization. It is also responsible for building a network of connections within the community on campus of people who care about sustainability issues.

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There’s more to Vancouver Maritime Museum’s exhibit than ‘whale bone porn’

“A Whaler’s Hope of the First Night Ashore” is etched across a sperm whale tooth. © Vancouver Maritime Museum

“A Whaler’s Hope of the First Night Ashore” is etched across a sperm whale tooth. © Vancouver Maritime Museum

The Vancouver Maritime Museum’s (VMM) current exhibit, Tattoos & Scrimshaw: The Art of the Sailor, has dozens and dozens of interesting art pieces. But it is one small display, containing nine erotic engravings made on the teeth of sperm whales, that has been garnering attention lately.

Scrimshaw, as these etchings are called, were common in the 19th-century. They are carvings made by whalers on whale tooth or bone, using ship-made hand tools and tobacco juice for ink.In the 19th century, the two main themes depicted in scrimshaw were nautical images and women, according to Patricia Owen, curator at the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

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Une campagne pionnière pour protéger les personnes atteintes d’Alzheimer en Ontario

Photo: Ontario Alzheimer Society

Photo: Ontario Alzheimer Society

«Trouvez votre chemin», voilà le titre de la campagne lancée récemment par la Société Alzheimer de l’Ontario afin de prévenir la disparition des personnes atteintes de démence.

À l’heure actuelle, 200 000 Ontariens et Ontariennes souffrent d’Alzheimer. Selon les statistiques, trois malades sur cinq disparaissent, souvent sans avertissement. 50 pour cent des personnes disparues pendant 24 heures risquent des blessures graves ou la mort par exposition aux éléments, hypothermie et noyade.

« Le comportement d’errance est vraiment imprévisible pour les aidants naturels, mais il a plus de sens pour les gens qui ont la maladie », explique Chantal Mudahogora, conseillère à la Société Alzheimer de Hamilton-Halton et coordonnatrice de la campagne.

« Avec la perte de mémoire, les gens commencent à vivre dans le passé, alors la personne va sortir de la maison… ils ont une destination, ils ont une raison [pour sortir].» explique-t-elle.

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Une Heure dans le noir pour la préserver la Terre

Photo: WWF Canada

Photo: WWF Canada

Samedi soir, il fera noir partout sur la planète, ou presque! Des villes dans plus de 150 pays éteindront leurs lumières à partir de 20 h 30, dans le cadre de l’événement Une heure pour la Terre, organisé par WWF.

Ce soir-là, la ville canadienne de Vancouver pourra aussi fêter sa nomination comme capitale d’Une heure pour la Terre 2013.

« Vancouver a réussi à convaincre le jury qu’elle était la ville qui avait le plus d’initiatives en matière de lutte aux changements climatiques. Son administration était dévouée à la création d’un environnement urbain dynamique, durable et vert », explique Marie-Claude Lemieux, directrice de WWF pour le Québec.

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Canadian runs marathon, climbs Kilimanjaro in less than a week – Radio Canada International

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Martin Parnell has raised more than half a million dollars for kids since 2010.

Albertan Martin Parnell, 57, has just raised the endurance bar while raising money for charity. On March 6th, he ran the Kilimanjaro Marathon, in Tanzania. Just three days later, he climbed Africa’s highest mountain in less than 24 hours.

“It’s normally a six-day climb, but I summited in 21 hours,” said the semi-retired mining engineer from his home in Cochrane, Alta.

“It was brutal…The real challenge on this [quest] was the altitude. Kilimanjaro is 19,341 feet high, and the highest I could get to [in Cochrane was] 8,000 feet. There was really nothing I could do to prepare. So, it was really on an act of faith,” he said.

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